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Mental Health After SCI

Peer Support

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Methods Outcome
Mackelprang et al.,(2016)
NInitial=168 NFinal=165
Population: Mean age at
injury=41.2±15.8 yr; Gender:
males=133, females=35; Level and
severity of injury: C1-C4 AIS A-C=34,
C5-C8 AIS A-C=22, paraplegia AIS AC=47, AIS D=63.
Intervention: Participants were
randomized to either peer telephone
counselling (TC) group or a usual care
(UC) group for a yr after spinal cord
injury during rehabilitation.
Outcome Measures: Self-reported
health care utilization, medical
complications, depression severity,
current health state, subjective health
and community participation.
1. No significant differences between
groups for any outcome measures
(p>0.05 for all).


One study evaluated the effectiveness of a peer led telephone counselling program for persons with SCI compared to usual care. The study found no significant difference in depression severity or quality of life in the treatment group compared to the control group (p>0.05).


There is level 1b evidence that peer led telephone counselling may not be effective in reducing symptoms of depression.

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